Sweet and Lovely Holiday 2011
1: Wish for a Happy New Year

1: Wish for a Happy New Year

I’m really excited for the start of the 2012 and ready to say goodbye to 2011.  It’ll be a year of good things, I’m sure!  So, whether you’re staying in with a good movie and a cup of tea, or going out to ring in the new year with a glass of champagne and a... (read more)
2: Last Minute Photo Backdrops

2: Last Minute Photo Backdrops

Ok, so this post was originally going to be something totally different, but this morning I came across some awesome ideas for easy DIY party photo backdrops, and wanted to share them with you.  One, in particular, looks super quick and easy and could certainly be put together before your New Year’s Eve party tonight.... (read more)
3: New Year, New Resolutions

3: New Year, New Resolutions

I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  Sure, those resolutions often fall by the wayside after a few months, but there’s always value in taking a moment to think about what you’d like to work on or improve in your life.  Here are a few I’ve been thinking about recently: 1. Create New Traditions:... (read more)
4: Delicious Champagne Cocktails

4: Delicious Champagne Cocktails

Since we all know champagne is my drink of choice, here are a few champagne cocktail recipes to make for your New Year’s party:   Champagne Cocktail, from Martha Stewart Ingredients: 3 drops bitters 1 sugar cube 1 oz Cognac 4 oz chilled Champagne Directions: 1. Drop bitters onto sugar cube, let soak in.  Place... (read more)
6: Glamorous Party Ideas

6: Glamorous Party Ideas

Need some ideas for making your New Year’s Eve party glamorous and sophisticated?  Here are some party photos to give you some inspiration:    1. Balloons on the ceiling!  An easy way to make a fun party space. [Photo found here.] 2. Pillar candles, chandeliers, and tall flower arrangements for a glamorous evening. [Photo found here.]... (read more)
7: Pretty Party Hairstyles

7: Pretty Party Hairstyles

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9: Ways to Cheers

9: Ways to Cheers

What will you be using at midnight to toast the new year?  Here’s a selection of lovely champagne flutes to give you a few ideas: 1: Cheers 4 Flute Set, Mikasa, $59 / 2: Dorset Champagne Flute, Williams-Sonoma, $56 / 3: Platinum Petals Flute, Anthropologie, $14 4: Bubbly Dot Saucer Pair, kate spade, $88 / 5: Edge Flute,... (read more)
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! (and a Happy Hanukkah!)  I’ve got a weekend packed with good family and good times.  I won’t be posting over the weekend, but check back on Monday for the start of our Countdown to New Year’s series. [photo found here] (read more)
Christmas Decor Countdown

Christmas Decor Countdown

Wow, Christmas festivities are starting in just a few days.  It’s finally getting colder around here, which is certainly helping to get me into the Christmas spirit, but here are a few Christmas photos for inspiration as we get down to the home stretch: Because Christmas decor doesn’t have to be green and red / [photo... (read more)
2011 Gift Guide: Your Fashionable Best Friends

2011 Gift Guide: Your Fashionable Best Friends

In addition to some of my favorite things I’ve written about here, here, and here — here’s a selection of sweet and lovely gifts for your sweet and lovely friends: Beautiful earrings with perfect details from Anthropologie Glamorous coin purse (or the perfect holder for your credit card and lip gloss during a night out!) from kate... (read more)
It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

We’ve already been posting Christmas goodies here on Sweet and Lovely Life, I think it’s time I jump into Christmas mode in my actual life — this weekend I’ll be getting the Christmas tree and starting my shopping.  I’m hoping to get all of the shopping done online this weekend.  (Hopefully I can avoid the malls... (read more)
Christmas Ornaments, Part 2: A Peacock Christmas

Christmas Ornaments, Part 2: A Peacock Christmas

I’ve been seeing lots of sweet and lovely peacock ornaments this year, and they’re just adorable!  Here are my favorites: 1: Blue Peacock Glass Ornaments, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, $14.99 (set of 3) 2: Proud Peacock Ornaments, Old World ChristmasHouse 8810, $10.99 3: Glass Peacock Ornaments, World Market, $11.98 (set of 2) 4: Sisal Peacock Ornament, World... (read more)
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